National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 28 May 2017
INS Shardul, which was dispatched by Southern Naval Command of India Navy with relief material to Sri Lanka has arrived in Colombo. In the wake of recent floods in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan government has asked for flood relief assistance from India. Responding to the request, INS Shardul was dispatched from Southern Naval Command to render humanitarian assistance. The ship sailed from Kochi in the morning of 27 May and reached Sri Lanka today. The relief material food, water and medicines was offloaded. The ship also has a medical team of doctors and assistants to render immediate medical aid to the affected personnel. Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka and Indian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka interected with the commander of INS Shardul after it docked at Colombo port. Additionally, the ship has embarked Diving Teams along with ‘Gemini’ rubber inflatable craft to evacuate persons in the flood affected areas. Equipped with a Chetak helicopter the ship is also capable of undertaking Search and Rescue Mission by air.
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